Again, the “display as” option you’re talking about did not exist when this article was written. This article is *four* years old, and the option to “display as folder” was not introduced to OSX until 2 years ago. Thanks.
Note that this tip is 4 years old, and the option to “view as folder” did not exist at the time.
The option was added to Snow Leopard 2 years ago. Thanks.
The reason why this was necessary was because what you were actually putting in the dock were considered “STACKS,” not folders. Technically, it’s not a “flaw” per see, because Apple wanted you to only be able to put STACKS in the dock, not “folders.” The stacks are displaying “correctly,” so this was never a “flaw.”
However, this whole point is moot now, since there’s been an option to display your folders AS FOLDERS for quite some time in Snow Leopard. This “workaround” is actually fairly dated. You can easily see that option by right clicking on any folder you put into your dock.
No problems here on Intel Core Duo iMac. Actually, it’s kinda funny– many “critics” think Apple rushed the initial release of 10.5, and took too long/did NOT rush this update enough– Go figure!. lol… I haven’t had the “wake from sleep” issue, and Im crossing my fingers that I won’t!
Fair enough, P, to each their own I’m surprised you favor it over list, but perhaps that’s who Apple was thinking of when they developed it. I just found it counterintuitive (some items were hidden) — and I hated the fact that they eliminated contextual browsing from the dock! Needless to say, it made 10.5.2 worth the wait for me. lol
Either way, It’s good to see they listened to the countless complaints and actually made a change based on user demand. Companies like that are indeed rare!
Are you using software update? If so I’m not sure why that would happen. Anyone have any ideas for Superman?
Can’t say I’ve had problems with grid view–but I’ve honestly abandoned it for the more functional “list” view that’s been sorely missing from the dock/stacks. Have you downloaded the “leopard graphics update” mentioned in the initial posting?
I agree wholeheartedly, Aj. That’s the point of the “trick” posted here: I posted it to “circumvent” the rather annoying issues that have come to light with the new version of Spotlight. Many people in Apple’s support forums have been asking “what happened to my preference files,” so this was one way of “band-aiding” that.
I wonder if some of the Spotlight complaints have made their way into the many fixes coming in 10.5.2?
Guy: I understand where you’re coming from, that’s initially how I felt–but Leopard DOES find every file, don’t worry. And, whizzkid’s alternative method of using the search criteria shows you can indeed find just about any file from anywhere on your mac
However, I agree that the bigger question is why you just can’t do this without having to do ANYTHING, like we did in Panther! perhaps Apple feels that system files are too “dangerous” to find right off the bat for your average user? lol
Whizz–thanks for that info! lol I personally prefer the above method to using the pulldown to go to “other” (“system files” is not initially selectable), and selecting your search item criteria. Yes, I know, I know, I’m splitting hairs… lol
While I like this method, everyone should do what’s quickest for them! I’ll add your nugget to the post.
Thanks Randy–those have actually already been suggested several times on this site, but input is always welcome. The news here is that we won’t have to use “fixes” and “workarounds” to get what we want as soon as 10.5.2 comes out!
Fantastic! Thanks, Apple
LOL @ james… I just remember some guy getting snippy with me because I hadn’t searched the site before submitting a while ago.
(PS I I try to avoid snippiness. lol)
I wonder if there’s been any talks/rumors about apple attempting to allow some new customization options for stacks in some future OS update…
This trick was submitted by me over a month ago. lol
But it’s just as good the second time around!
Sadly, backdrop effects are only available to Intel Mac owners. *sigh*
Hmmm, interesting question… That might actually sabotage’ the trick in a way. Stacks uses the first VISIBLE item in the folder as it’s display icon, so I wonder if making it “invisible” might cause trouble.
Seems like an advertisement rather than a tip…. but that’s just me.
There’s an old term James Cameron used to use: “Creative Parallelism.” People think of the same things at the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re “ripping each other off.”
Besides, who cares where the tip showed up first? I’m sure James never intended this site to be “beating everyone to the punch.”
It’s mainly a community-driven site–many tips are from regular users, not the site owner. I try to credit sources, but sometimes I don’t remember where I’ve heard a tip, and I still want to share it
True–I was actually paraphrasing from Apple’s support forum. I should have been more specific. From TM help: Excluding system files”makes it harder to restore your entire system if your startup disk becomes damaged and must be repaired or replaced.”
I should have written, “can screw up the recovery of your OS.”
Just wanted to prevent people NEW to TM from placing things in the exclude list willy-nilly Sorry for the confusion!
It’s “Time Machine and Web Browsing” info: Information on the two things working “together.”
Good tip! (BTW, “control click” allows you to move around once you’ve zoomed in)
Sredlums, no problemo! BTW, I’m flattered to hear someone thinks I run this site But I sadly can’t take credit for that! lol… to be honest, I just wanted you to know that I was aware I wasn’t ‘re-inventing the wheel’ before I submitted that tip, but I always try to write assuming people might know very little about the OS
Anyhow, I forgot all about • ! My apologies to •…
The OS has been out for 18 days–so no tip is “old,” really. lol
BTW, you may have misread the the statement, “the method for getting the icons and the icons themselves is unique to this tip.” It was only meant to differentiate it ONLY from from the tip given at “a new mac tip a day,” nothing else
Also, just so you know, you’d be shocked to know how many users do not know the “standard way to copy mac icons.” There are people on Apple support forums who still don’t know how to do it. It was included for clarity’s sake only.
Anyhow, the tip/idea was not present anywhere on this site. It would be silly not to include it on a site titled “leopard tricks” even if someone may have read a iteration of it somewhere else
Hey blaze, cool icons! I think my only *minor* issue might be that the combination of transparency and shortness (height) might allow too much of the messy stacks to show through in my dock. lol Other than that, they are really well done.